Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

December 23, 2010

Wags and Whiskers sets new goal

CROSSVILLE — In 2010, Wags and Whiskers came close to meeting their goal of 900 spay/neuter surgeries for low income families. A total of 733 dogs and cats were fixed. The goal for 2011 is 1,000 spay/neuter surgeries.

If you have a pet that is not fixed, please call Marita Rumph at 788-0468 to see if you qualify to have it fixed at a discounted price. Wags and Whiskers has money available to help you.

Wags and Whiskers has also introduced pet education to children in Head Start programs. Lynne Strasser has taken on this challenge. On Dec. 10, 114 children ages 3, 4 and 5 received plush animals donated by the House of Hope, and a 30-minute session of how to care for a pet in a responsible manner.

After the first of the year, the sessions will continue with other children's groups. Awareness of how to give your pet the best possible life starts with the very young. Any children's group looking for a program about pet responsibility and/or spay and neuter can reach Strasser at 707-9906.

Wags and Whiskers welcomes the help of all animal lovers to reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens. With the Humane Society closed and the local animal shelter only taking animals from animal control, there is no place for unwanted animals to be cared for.

If you love animals and have it in your heart to help, Wags and Whiskers donations are gratefully accepted. No amount is too small to help. Donations can be mailed to Wags and Whiskers, 121 Creek View, Crossville, TN 38555.

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